Mercedes Ritchie Lackey is an American writer of fantasy novels. Many of her works are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. She is also the author of the Dragon Jousters series and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms books, including The Fairy Godmother and Fortune’s Fool. Lackey is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.